Culling The Devil

 So, it is really hot here. Like 90+degrees every damn day.

This, in and of itself, is not unusual, except that the mercury hasn’t dipped below 82degrees for like, four months. And that’s at night.

We are used to long-hot-summers. We wrote the book (thank you William Faulkner & Tennessee Williams), but this is s-t-r-e-c-h-i-n-g it.

The sidewalks are melting and my patience is wearing thin.

But, we persevere, under parasols and Pimm’s Cup on ice, strolling under cover of moonlight, and the bath of cool water in pools.

 Why, just last night we had drinks in the garden and it was beautiful, however, I think the Devil was hiding in the Dahlia’s.


Tomorrow I will cull him, and if the heat doesn’t subside…

at least my interior will be Heavenly.

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Dahlia Sugar Cane

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Dahlia Checkers 

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Dahlia Lady Darlene

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Dahlia Bishop of Llandaff

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Dahlia Bracken Astra 




  • Art and Sand - Your dahlias are lovely and a Pimms Cup is such a nice treat in the heat.ReplyCancel

  • House Crazy Sarah - I don’t even know what those flowers are, but they are bee-utiful! And hey, Colorado is getting a good dose of flooding – something y’all might be a little familiar with down there in NOLA?ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - They’re Dahlia’s (they come in many colors and forms- I only have a few). ANd I know about Colorado- Are you Okay? PS: Take a look at yesterday’s post about a Designer Showcase House in Cashiers, NC that I was a part of. Just up your alley.ReplyCancel

  • Krisztina Williams - Beautiful flowers! Come up to Maryland – it’s actually chilly this week!ReplyCancel

  • Kim M - Just amazing. I guess some things do well in that heat! I hope they’re on pinterest…such pretty pics!ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - You know, they’re not….. I’m an idiot. On my way to pin. Thanks for the stop by and the heads-up. I can use all the advise I can get.ReplyCancel

  • Sue - Looks like your garden is getting bigger. Gorgeous flowers and photography, I like Lady Darlene. I never had a Pimm’s cooler and the whole special southern drinks thing like sweet tea, etc. intrigues me.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - The garden is sadly the same size, but different things pop up all year! Pimm’s Cup is EVERYWHERE! Next time your out have one on me. I be there in spirit.ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne - I always think I’d like long hot summers, but it was 95 when we were in New York in July, and that was too hot for me so I’ve stopped grumbling quite so much about our Scottish weather. Pity we couldn’t share the weather out more evenly though…

    Your dahlias are gorgeous.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - You’re in Scotland????? OMG!!!!!! I SO want to visit! I love everything scottish- the food, the weather, the geography, the homes/castles, the people, the accent, the….. (Have I over done it?)ReplyCancel

  • Cathy - I love the photos of your flowers. They are gorgeous.

    You can grow such different and colorful flowers in the south than we can’t up north. Whenever I travel in the south I get jealous of the specimens I can’t plant up here. But then I remember the beauties we do have, and that this world is big enough to have different species around the world that are beautiful for us to enjoy.

    I love this post. Oh, it’s in the high 60’s here today. Fall is here early…
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    • A Pleasant House - You CAN grow Dahlia’s up North. They just won’t last in the garden as long )must cut early) and as for your weather- I’m jealous. It too damn hot down here.ReplyCancel

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